The Everyday Dictionary of Law
The Everyday Dictionary of Law provides legal vocabulary currently in use in common law jurisdictions such as most notably, in the United States. The dictionary is compiled specifically for commercial and intellectual property law practitioners, which provides simple definitions and meanings in American English, for legal terms (including Latin terms) used in formal correspondence, court proceedings, and motion practice as well as common language words that are frequently used in the same. It is a simple reference guide for attorneys, paralegals as well as casual readers who need to check the meaning of a particular legal term in due course of their work.
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The most generally used definition that is put forward by IP expert Carl Shapiro: "A dense web of overlapping intellectual property rights that a company must hack its way through in order to actually commercialize new technology." It applies to areas of technology where it is difficult to enter with an invention due to excessive patenting activity.